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Bolt's unexpected success adds new drama to men's 100-meter race

Updated: August 15, 2008, 2:12 AM ET
By Luke Cyphers | ESPN The Magazine

BEIJING -- His nickname is "Lightning," but "Thunder" might be more suitable for Usain Bolt. At 6-foot-5-inches, 195 pounds, the 21-year-old Bolt is a giant by sprinting standards, and as he readies for the 100 meters here, his footfalls this year have shaken the track world.

Not only has Bolt rewritten the 100-meter world record, with a 9.72-second sprint in New York in May, "He's changed the thinking in the sport," says four-time Olympic sprint medalist and NBC analyst Ato Boldon.

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